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Author and activist Antonia Juhasz argues that the oil industry’s grip on policy and government has never been stronger. What’s more, Juhasz says, the business and politics of oil’s production pose such grave implications on so many fronts — the environment, human rights, the economy, worker safety, public health — that the current state of petroleum-industry affairs is fundamentally antithetical to democracy. Juhasz, a fellow at the petro-critic organization Oil Change International and at the Institute for Policy Studies, documents her concerns — and lays out proposed remedies — in her new book, The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry — and What We Must Do to Stop It.
Underneath the modern city of Philadelphia, lie intriguing clues to its history and the lives of residents who lived here in the 18th and 19th century. In her new book, Digging in the City of Brotherly Love, urban archeologist REBECCA YAMIN details the excavations that have taken place since 1992 as part of the redevelopment of Independence Mall and its surrounding areas. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
In the new movie The Express, actor DENNIS QUAID plays Syracuse University football coach Ben Schwartzwalder who in the late 50’s and early ’60s coached Ernie Davis, the first African-American to receive the Heisman Trophy. Athletics, as well as music, are recurring themes in Quaid’s films. He joins us in the studio to talk about this movie and his career as an actor and musician. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Part of a modern British Invasion, Welsh singer Duffy is already a star in her homeland, where brassy divas are the most popular export after Earl Grey tea. Having partnered with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler for her debut (titled Rockferry), Duffy sings with roughness and soul that are well suited to her brand of Motown-influenced pop. While her voice has been compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Dusty Springfield, Duffy radiates a humble charm that separates her from her peers. Rockferry expounds on relatable themes of disillusionment and frustration, while simultaneously bringing to life a world of lush melodies.
DUFFY: Syrup & Honey